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    Original Radio knobs

    I was wanting to put an original radio in my Tr4. I found the Radio, but it was missing the correct knobs.


    Come to find out the knobs that you can buy for at Retro Sound Radio fit and are nearly an exact copy.


    were around $20 shipped.... and the Chrome one is metal....


    Original on Left New Retro Sound 38/78 on Right








    Now I just need to get the radio fixed without costing $500.

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    Re: Original Radio knobs

    Quote Originally Posted by Zitch View Post
    I was wanting to put an original radio in my Tr4. I found the Radio...
    That's a period radio from a British car - but would a TR4 ever have had a BMC radio? I realize radios were dealer items but the ones I am familiar with (and what came in mine) were Bendix units:



    I don't mean to be critical - just thought I mention it before you sink serious $$$ into getting that one restored.

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    Re: Original Radio knobs

    Yeah, probably pretty much the same radio, but I'd worry about rejection of a BMC-branded radio in what was then a Leyland-Triumph (pre-BLMC) product!
    -- Andrew (Andy) Mace, VTR's Triumph 10/Herald/Sports 6 vehicle consultant and keeper of the North American Triumph Sports 6 and Herald Database

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    Re: Original Radio knobs

    The radio I am using is a Triumph, I was just showing the knobs on a spare...

    Here is what I have in my car... it doesn't work either. But looks correct.


    https://www1.crutchfield.com/p_06838...%2f78&skipvs=T

    link to the knobs ... Cheapest I could find.

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    Re: Original Radio knobs

    Yeah, that's good.

    FWIW - I mounted mine with that chrome trim piece behind the support bracket and just the edge projecting through:



    I really do not know which way is 'correct' (if there can even be a correct way).

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    Re: Original Radio knobs

    Hmmmm, I need to hunt down one of these Triumph radio's. I think someone on here said they had a stash of them? :-)
    Gary
    1962 (Nov Build) Triumph TR4 CT/16836L Restoration in process

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    Re: Original Radio knobs

    Good working Triumph radios are rare but shorted ones are relatively easy to find. Tom
    1960 TR3A TS73117 (under restoration year 6, owned since 1964)
    1959 TR3A TS58023 (in case I never finish the one above)
    1969 Triumph Herald 13/60 (a whim)
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    1992 BMW325IC (fun to drive)

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    Re: Original Radio knobs

    Quote Originally Posted by TomMull View Post
    Good working Triumph radios are rare but shorted ones are relatively easy to find. Tom
    Mine would be strictly for looks, or I would have it restored with BT and the like. So a working radio isn't a big deal. Just be odd to have a radio antenna on the car with no radio.
    Gary
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    Re: Original Radio knobs

    That is great on the knobs, wish I had known earlier, I had a Triumph AM radio I ebayed off cheap because of missing knobs. I Thought they were pretty much universal in fit, if not design, but after messing around with a lot of old car radios discovered a lot of variation in shaft sizes, notches, etc.


    If you hunt around you can find people local or maybe not so local that will fix old radios for a reasonable price. I have a NOS Pioneer analog unit in my TR250, not quite period correct, but looks more appropriate than a modern electronically tuned CD player. It had some issues with the cassette player. I contacted a guy who was sell refurbisjed units from the era (late 70s early 80s) on ebay, asked if he could fix it. $75 and a week turnaround, it works perfect now.

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    Re: Original Radio knobs

    my local radio guy said he couldn't fix it for some reason. Do you have the contact of the EBay guy?

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    Re: Original Radio knobs

    Dantheman209@gmail.com I think he may be a bit picky about work, he did one radio for me, when I asked about another didnt hear back. Dsmithhsdtech on ebay

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    Re: Original Radio knobs

    The kind of knob used on that radio was very common back in the day. I'd be surprised if you couldn't find a set at an ordinary electronics distributor.
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    Re: Original Radio knobs

    went through everything Mouser had.... and couldn't find it cheaper or closer to original..

    http://www.mouser.com/Electromechani...True&=%20Dials

    Good luck finding them there.

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